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Monday 15th March 2021

Hello all,

I hope everyone is doing well? I’m getting very excited about Spring being around the corner! It’s a great time of the year, with a sense of renewed hope and joy. I particularly enjoy seeing flowers in bloom and have made a plan to visit as many open spaces in the coming weeks as I can.

There is a fabulous guide to green spaces in London with beautiful flowers, you can read it by clicking here.


Spring Flower


London's Little Italy

Salon No.84: London’s Little Italy

An online event, 7pm on Thursday 25th March

This is a half-hour talk by Tudor Allen on the story of London’s Little Italy – which was based in Holborn. Followed by a half-hour talk by Andrea del Corno of the London Library on Giuseppe Mazzini’s life in London including his involvement with the Italian quarter. He set up the Italian Free School for Workers here and was the first President of the Society for the Progress of the Italian Working Classes in London.

The talks will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is part of the Salon for the City series, normally held at Westminster Arts Reference Library.

Tickets cost £4.90 and are available here

St Martin in the Fields

Don’t miss the Academy of St Martin in the Fields: Bach and Brahms!

Don’t miss the next concert at St Martin-in-the-Fields!

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields make their first appearance in the Fresh Horizons series at St Martin-in-the-Fields, with a unique programme involving no violins! J.S Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 6 is performed alongside Brahms’ beautiful Serenade No 2, written for Clara Schumann. James MacMillan’s Untold is a short, slow movement for wind quintet, loosely based on an Irish love-song: For Ireland I’ll not tell her Name.

Tickets are just £10 and you can watch the concert as many times as you like until Saturday 10 April.

Book your tickets HERE

To get a taste of the performance you can watch the video below! – Thanks to Phil for sharing this with us.

March opportunities for your diary:

Free, online continuous development session.

During this three-hour workshop, you’ll learn more about the science behind why nature is beneficial for psychological wellbeing and cover a number of exercises and activities that increase connection to nature.

This session will be run via zoom on Monday 29th March, from 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Please note: Places are limited to one person per organisation and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact by 12noon, Friday 19th March.

Plant Poets’ Corner: Tuesday 23rd March, 11am – 12:15pm (zoom):

Learn about Kew’s rare and endangered plants through creative poetry activities and discover new ways to express yourself.
Please contact for more information or to sign up.

Shared Stories: Tuesday 23rd March, 1 – 1:30pm (LIVE broadcast):

Join us to discover your hidden writing talents and uncover the unique stories in our collections.
To join this live broadcast, please click on this link.

Imperial Lates Online

Join us for Imperial Lates Online: The Sun

15 – 18 March

Celebrate the Sun and its life-giving energy with a week-long series of events

Meet the first stars in the early Universe, take a trip around our own Sun with the Solar Orbiter mission and discover the impact that sunlight has on our health and wellbeing.

Register for Imperial Lates Online: The Sun for free to receive links to join our various live events over the week.

Register your interest HERE

The Northern Lights

The Sun: a virtual tour and listening party

Monday 15 March, 18.30 – 19.15 (GMT)
Sail the solar wind during this audio-visual tour from the Sun to the Earth’s atmosphere with former Kiss FM DJ turned solar physicist Dr Martin Archer.

Here’s the Link

We are exploring the origin of photosynthesis in life on Earth… Ask us anything

Tuesday 16 March, 16.00 – 18.00 (GMT)
Did life evolve in the dark? What role did photosynthesis play in Earth’s early ecosystems and how can scientists evolve this process to fight climate change, address global hunger and clean up oil spills? Our researchers take to Reddit to answer your questions!

Here’s the Link

Sunshine, health and wellbeing

Tuesday 16 March, 19.00 – 20.00 (GMT)
Celebrate the warming sun on our skin and explore the physical and mental health benefits of getting outdoors and increasing our natural light exposure.

Here’s the Link

Sun prints and solar collages make-along

Wednesday 17 March, 19.00 – 20.00 (GMT)
Create Sun prints and solar collages with CERN artist Helen Cawley and astrophysicist Dr Emma Chapman as we use art to visualise what we cannot see.

Here’s the Link

Pub-less Quiz (sunshine edition)

Wednesday 18 March, 19.30 – 21.00 (GMT)
No pub, no problem! Assemble your team of thinkers and drinkers to pit fact against fiction in our Pub-less Quiz about all things bright and shiny. There’ll be smatterings of astronomy, history, art, and as always, a ‘wild card’ round to keep you all entertained.

Here’s the Link

Funny Side of Life
Theatre Monkey
Theatre monkey

The new book contains 62 seating plans plus a little monkey wisdom on each one, where building works are complete…

To the monkey’s knowledge, this is the first printed book of London seating plans since its own previous book in 2009.

In easy-to-read 28cm x 21cm format, the seating plans are in the same form as the beloved website and feature the very latest new versions for the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Shaftsbury Theatre, Gillian Lynne Theatre, Lyric Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue and Her Majesty’s Theatre
– all just in time for the re-opening.

“First time in print” plans include 3 variations each for the Old Vic and Bridge Theatres.

Concerts and other venues include the London Coliseum, Royal Albert Hall and SSE Wembley Arena.

Dedicated to everybody in the arts who lost everything in 2020, the book was created personally by Steve Rich at home using whatever resources were at hand during lockdown.

Published as a great hope for the future, with a return to live entertainment very soon, this new book is just £15.99 exclusively on demand at

Click here to buy your copy in preparation for theatres re-opening


Thank you to Chris for sharing this with us

I hope you have enjoyed today’s newsletter and I look forward to sharing more with you next Monday. In the meantime, take care and have a lovely week!

Best wishes,

Covent Garden Food Bank

Please do contact us if you need a food parcel – CCGG @7Dials can provide you with a free food package each week.

If you need help with shopping, collecting medication or just want someone to talk to by phone – please let us know. You can contact Amber at or you can reach John either at or 07759 646507 in case of an emergency.

Can You Help Dragon Hall Trust?

Your donation will support vulnerable members of our communities with food via Covent Garden Food Bank, calls via the phone support line and assistance to get online for those who are digitally disadvantaged.

View our latest video on our YouTube Channel:

Please do contact us if you need a food parcel – CCGG @7Dials might be able to provide you with a free food package each week. If you need help with shopping, collecting medication or just want someone to talk to by phone – please let us know.

You can contact Amber at or you can reach me either at or 07759 646507 in case of an emergency.

Amber Kahn Cartoon

That’s all for now – You can contact Amber at

Cartoon of John Hayes

……….or you can reach me either at or 07759 646507 in case of an emergency. 

Be safe – and remember to laugh at the little things!